Educators from Statesville High School, Statesville Middle School and NB Mills Elementary participated in a full day of training in Ruby Payne’s Framework for Understanding Poverty workshop.  

Latoya Caesar, who serves as the Iredell-Statesville Schools District Liaison for Community Engagement and Innovation, is excited to bring this training to Iredell educators.   

“Recent research says that 16.4% of the children in Iredell County live in poverty. If you dig deeper into that data, it translates to over 6,000 children living in poverty in our county. Iredell Statesville Schools serves a vast majority of that percentage of students each day.”  

During the course of the day, teachers and administration from all three schools learned to use concrete instructional strategies, understand hidden rules of economic class and study the effects on behaviors and mindsets. The workshop encourages educators to develop stronger relationships with students to impact behavior, and reduce discipline referrals. 

Topics include resources, mental models, family structure, and language patterns.   

Caesar further stated, “As educators, our children are best served when we continue to develop our personal and professional awareness of poverty. We have the opportunity to continue to refine the instructional and social-emotional strategies that we use in our classrooms to teach, understand, assist, and love every child, so that they can overcome barriers to their success. This necessary training helps to create that opportunity.” 

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